Peggy Frew’s work has appeared in New Australian Stories 2, Kill Your Darlings, Meanjin, and The Big Issue. Islands is her third novel. Her first, House of Sticks, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript and was shortlisted for the UTS Glenda Adams Prize for New Writing. Hope Farm, her second, won the Barbara Jefferis Award, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and was longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award.
Sonia Orchard is a freelance writer, creative writing teacher and the author of three books. Her memoir Something More Wonderful was a national bestseller for biography, and her first novel The Virtuoso won the 2009 Indie Award for Best Debut Fiction. Her most recent novel, Into the Fire, explores power, guilt and womanhood. She has a PhD in Creative Writing and lives in the Macedon Ranges, Victoria.